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Jason Heller signs Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

Jason Heller

"Jason Heller is the author of Strange Stars, a book about sci-fi’s influence on ’70s music (David Bowie, P-Funk, Hawkwind, Rush, Kraftwerk, Devo, and everything in between).  Jason is also the author of the alternate history novel Taft 2012, the Goosebumps book Slappy's Revenge, the Pirates of the Caribbean book The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook, and numerous short stories in magazines and anthologies, including Swords V. Cthulhu.  He’s the former nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and won a Hugo Award in 2013 as part of that editing team, and he co-edited  the science fiction anthology Cyber World.  He also penned a chapter of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Time Traveler's Almanac, and he’s written about pop culture for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The A.V. Club, and many others.  He's also assembling a coffee-table book with Desirina Boskovich titled Starships & Sorcerors.

In his spare time he plays guitar in the post-punk band Weathered Statues and is a resident DJ at Funk Club and Mile High Soul Club. He lives in Denver with his wife, Angie."

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Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612196978
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House - June 5th, 2018

A Hugo Award-winner explores the massive influence that science fiction has had on popular music, particularly on David Bowie and the heady, experimental 1970s scene


In the 1960s and 70s old mores and lingering repressions were falling away, replaced with a new kind of hedonistic freedom that included sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Although it didn't factor into the stereotype, it also included science fiction.


Strange Stars tells the story of how incredibly well read artists--David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many more--brought Sci Fi's cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds, and styles, and changed pop music forever.

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San Diego, CA 92111
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